Not quite a tutorial
If you follow my Instagram* feed then last week you may have seen the stuffed heart decoration that I photographed.
Following that I was asked for a tutorial explaining how I’d made it, so here we are.
I’m not going to go into a huge amount of detail because:
a) I think you can probably find similar tutorials elsewhere online so it seems a bit silly to replicate what’s already there
b) I actually kept getting my stitches all wrong and a bit wonky so I’ll point you in the direction of what I regard as an excellent tutorial for that.
Materials I used
To make this heart-shaped decoration I used the following materials:
- Polyester toy stuffing. I didn’t use all of what you can see here but you will need more than you may realise.
- Embroidery thread and a needle (with a large eye). I used navy blue for the first one I did but I thought that white would give a greater contrast for this post.
- A short length of ribbon. I used about half of this piece.
- 2 identical heart-shaped (or whatever shape you prefer) pieces of felt. I printed out a heart from the basic shapes in Microsoft Word and created a card template from that to ensure my heart was nice and symmetrical.
- Sandwich together your 2 hearts with both ends of the ribbon inside at the centre top.
- Thread your needle and tie a double knot at the far end.
- Hide the knot between the two pieces of felt by starting your first stitch from the inside of the front layer. (I started my first stitch from the centre top and used this stitch to secure the ribbon in place).
- From here stitch all the way around through both layers of fabric. You can used blanket, whip or back-stitch. I wouldn’t recommend straight running stitch as you’re more likely to end up with bits of the stuffing poking out if you’re not careful.I used blanket stitch and still made mistakes but the best blanket stitch instructions I’ve come across are from Futuregirl so I’d recommend you go there for very clear instructions from someone who knows what they’re doing!
- Once you’ve stitched about three quarters of the way around fill the heart with your polyester stuffing before stitching closed.
- Once you’ve tied off your final stitch, insert your needle back in between both layers of felt and then out at any central point on the heart.
- Cut your thread very close to the felt and you’ll find that it slips back inside, hiding the loose end from view.
So that’s how I did it. I hope it’s helpful and please ignore the messy part of my stitching (which I’ve attempted to hide!). I really need to practise starting and finishing off blanket stitch.
Let me know if you have a go or if you have any tips, I’d love to see how you get on. In the meantime, I’m going to keep practising this :).
* I’m no longer on Instagram but I still post photos regularly on Twitter.